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Philip A. Rascoe

Associate Professor
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
The University of Texas Health Science Center
United States of America


Philip A. Rascoe, M.D. is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, and an associate professor in the department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School. Board certified in cardiothoracic and general surgery, Dr. Rascoe earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University, and completed his general surgery internship and residency at McGovern Medical School. He performed a Thoracic Oncology Postdoctoral Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Rascoe is also a member of the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Association for Academic Surgery. With extensive experience in performing minimally-invasive operations for diseases of the chest, his clinical focus is on benign and malignant diseases of the lungs, mediastinum, pleura, trachea, and esophagus.

Research Interest

Lung cancer Esophageal cancer Minimally-invasive lung surgery Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) VATS lobectomy Minimally-invasive esophagectomy (MIE) Mediastinal masses Thymoma and thymic cancer VATS thymectomy Transcervival thymectomy Myasthenia gravis Chest wall tumors Hyperhidrosis and VATS sympathectomy Tracheal surgery Pleural diseases Mesothelioma Pectus excavatum and carinatum Substernal goiters Long volume reduction surgery (LVRS) and bullectomy


  • Peddaboina C, Jupiter D, Fletcher S, Yap JL, Rai A, Tobin RP, Jiang W, Rascoe P, Rogers MK, Smythe WR, Cao X. The downregulation of Mcl-1 via USP9X inhibition sensitizes solid tumors to Bcl-xl inhibition. BMC Cancer. 2012 Nov 21;12:541.

  • Dixon JL, Smythe WR, Rascoe PA, Reznik SI. Surgical resection of giant fibrous dysplasia for near respiratory collapse. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun;95(6):e135-7.

  • Dixon JL, Papaconstantinou HT, Hodges B, Korsmo RS, Jupiter D, Shake J, Sareyyupoglu B, Rascoe PA, Reznik SI. Redundancy and variability in quality and outcome reporting for cardiac and thoracic surgery. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2015 Jan;28(1):14-7.

  • Dixon JL, Papaconstantinou HT, Pruszynski J, Rascoe PA, Reznik SI. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization and Empyema: Does it Matter? Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2015 Oct;16(5):583-7.

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